Preview Brazil vs Switzerland: World Cup Group G, Round 2, 2022
Players of Brazil celebrate with the crowd after defeating Serbia 2-0 in the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group G football match between Brazil and Serbia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha on November 24, 2022. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Brazil and Switzerland will look to effectively seal their place in the last 16 when they meet on Monday.

The South American giants beat Serbia 2-0 in their opening game in Group G, thanks to a spectacular double from Richarlison.

Breel Embolo netted the winner for the Swiss in their first match as they overcame the challenge from Cameroon to get off to a fast start.

The five-time world champions are one of the favourites to win the World Cup, but they know they will be in for a tough test against the Euro 2020 quarter-finalists.

Both sides will know a positive result could give them a valuable opportunity to rotate players in their final group match.

Team News - Brazil

The big news coming out of the Brazilian camp is that PSG superstar Neymar is likely to miss the rest of the group stage after suffering an ankle injury on Thursday.

Bruno Guimaraes or Fred could possibly be in line to replace the 30-year-old with West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta stepping into a more advanced role.

It’s a blow for head coach Tite, but he’ll know that he has one of the best squads at the tournament at his disposal, so it should give a good opportunity to someone else to impress.

Another issue for the South American side is an injury to right-back Danilo, so we could see an appearance for 39-year-old Dani Alves.

Team News – Switzerland

There is no real injury news for Murat Yakin’s men, so don’t be surprised if it’s an unchanged line-up from the European nation.

Newcastle defender Fabian Schar could be brought in to the defence if Yakin decides to switch to a back three.

Winger Renato Steffen remains out with a neck injury, and it’s highly unlikely that he features.

Past Meeting

The two nations met in the group stages at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which means it’s the second consecutive tournament that the sides have faced each other.

Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead before Steven Zuber equalised in the second period to ensure the teams went on to share the spoils.

Key Players

Brazil – Richarlison

The Tottenham forward was outstanding in his first-ever World Cup match, and he capped off the win with an outrageous volley that is without a doubt the goal of the tournament so far.

With Brazil’s wealth of attacking options, Richarlison knows that he’ll have to be at his best to keep his place in the side, but no one will begrudge him his place now.

He’s scored nine goals in seven internationals this year, and the 25-year-old will be eyeing the golden boot.

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Switzerland – Granit Xhaka

The Swiss captain is having a 2022 to remember, and he was brilliant again against Cameroon.

If Switzerland are to get anything from the game, then you have to feel the Arsenal midfielder will have to have another strong performance.

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Possible line-ups

Brazil: Alisson; Dani Alves, Silva, Marquinhos, Alex Sandro; Casemiro, Fred, Paqueta; Raphinha, Richarlison, Vinicius Junior

Switzerland: Sommer; Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka, Sow; Shaqiri, Embolo, Vargas

Where to Watch

The game will be shown live on ITV in the UK, with coverage beginning at 3pm - kick-off is at 4pm.

Fox Sports will show the match in the United States.

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